One of the last pioneers of zamrock music, Violet Kafula has died.
Ms Kafula died on Tuesday evening at the University Teaching Hospital(UTH) after a long battle with cancer.
Ms Kafula was known for her famous song;”Imwe Mwe balume Bandi” done with the Cross Bones Band in the 1970s.
Zamrock is a musical genre that emerged in the 1970s in Zambia.
It is described as a combination of traditional African music with psychedelic rock and funk.
It has been described as the combined sound of Jimi Hendrix and James Brown
Violet Kafula undoubtedly remains one of Zambia’s most influential female musicians and to date, continued to be so as she confronted the same vision that harnessed the revolution of Zambian music.
She was part of the lineage of other female singers that followed like Jane Osborn, Maureen Lupo Lilanda and Anna Mwale among them, all of whom had a fair share of exposure through recording and cabaret.
The Crossbones competed with the WITCH.
The WITCH, widely seen as the most popular Zambian band of the 1970s, Witch (an acronym for ‘We Intend to Cause Havoc’) were formed during Zambia’s golden post-independence days, and were headed by Emanuel “Jagari” Chanda.
With the economy collapsing in the late-1970s, and increasing government authoritarianism, Witch, like most Zamrock bands, were reduced to playing daytime shows to avoid the curfews, and faded away.